by Ramzi Maqdisi
A young man from Jerusalem, Palestine receives a letter from the Israeli post office to appear in person to receive a package. He has to pay the sum of 20.000 US dollars in order to collect it. Hussein’s curiosity to find out what the package contains drives him to sell everything he owns. In order to uncover the story of this mysterious package he embarks on a tragi-comedic journey of discovery.
“Ramzi Maqdisi’s black-comedy short, “Solomon’s Stone,” could be considered a parable of present-day Jerusalem and the nationalistic politics fuelling the violent dynamic between Israel and the Palestinians, occupier and occupied.” (Palestine Square)
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“The story is adapted from the novel Blue Light by Hussein Barghouty. The vision of this story, written in 1985, which tells the story of a man called Hussein who is pranked with a stone, was ringing in my ears a few years ago when I saw that the story he described had become our reality. I also wanted to depict the disturbing irony of our struggle to exist in Palestine. ‘Israel’ does not forbid things for Palestinians, instead, they make everything impossible. Sometimes the best way to understand stories of this nature is through black comedy, which is the medium I chose.”
Part of Journeys into Film funded by FilmHub North.